Ind vs Aus, 1st T20: Dream11 Prediction, Playing XI Updates & Fantasy Cricket Tips - 24th February, 2019
After highly successful tours New Zealand and Australia, Team India are back in action as the take on the Australians in the first of two T20s taking place in Vizag this Sunday.
The suspensions of their premier batsmen last year has seen Australia name a new look squad full of talented individuals looking to seal their spot in the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019. Meanwhile, India will hoping to get back to winning ways after their blip against New Zealand in the recently concluded T20I series.
With a highly entertaining match on offer between two of the best teams in the world, this should be treat for all fantasy players.
Squads to choose from:
Virat Kohli(C), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni, Krunal Pandya, Lokesh Rahul, Dinesh Karthik, Siddarth Kaul, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal and Mayank Markande.
Aaron Finch(C), D'Arcy Short, Usman Khawaja, Alex Carey, Peter Handscomb, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Turner, Jhye Richardson, Jason Behrendorff, Pat Cummins, Adam Zampa, Nathan Lyon, Kane Richardson and Nathan Coulter-Nile.
Playing XI Updates:
India should field their strongest unit with Krunal Pandya and Yuzvendra Chahal handling the spin duties. Virat Kohli will return to lead the side after having been rested for the NZ series along with Jasprit Bumrah.
Umesh Yadav and Siddarth Kaul should play alongside Bumrah to round off the bowling unit. India have a selection headache in the middle order as well with KL Rahul's inclusion in the side. Karthik could be dropped to accommodate both Rahul and Pant in the playing XI while Vijay Shankar also has a chance of making the side on Sunday.
Possible XI: Dhawan, Rohit, Kohli(C), Rahul/Vijay Shankar, Pant, Dhoni(WK), Krunal, Umesh, Kaul, Bumrah and Chahal.
Balance is the key for the Australians with the middle order stacked with explosive and in-form all-rounders. D'Arcy Short, Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis are heading into the series on the back of a highly successful BBL campaign, while Aaron Finch would aim to rediscover his form after under-par performances over the last month.
Adam Zampa should be the lone spinner in the playing XI, while Pat Cummins and Jason Behrendorff are most likely to yield the new ball.
Possible XI: D'Arcy, Finch(C), Handscomb, Maxwell, Carey(WK), Stoinis, Cummins, Coulter-Nile, Zampa, Jhye Richardson and Behrendorff
India vs Australia, 1st T20I
24th February 2019, 7:00 PM IST
Dr. Y.S Rajasekhara Reddy Stadium, Visakhapatnam
Fantasy Tips and Suggestions:
Wicket-keeper: MS Dhoni has been in good form, as the former Indian captain was even adjudged the man of the series for his exploits in the ODI series against Australia. He is a great option to have in the side although his counterpart, Alex Carey isn't a bad option by any means.
Batsmen: Virat Kohli is a must-have in any fantasy side. His record in Vizag is second to none and should be expected to come up with the goods.
Either of Dhawan and Rohit would suffice, with both openers in great form in the format. Dhawan was the highest run-scorer in T20s last year rendering himself as great option. D'Arcy Short is in great form and with his bowling also coming out well, he makes a handy option with Aaron Finch on the sidelines to fill in for him.
All-rounders: Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis and Krunal Pandya are the three players around whom the whole fantasy team is to be built around. All of them are in good form over the last year and have the ability to influence the match at any given moment. All three of them are must-have players and shouldn't be dropped for any reason whatsoever.
Bowlers: After being rested after a successful test series against Australia, Jasprit Bumrah is back for the Men in Blue. Alongside the likes of Adam Zampa and Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah is an invaluable asset to team with his subtle variations and ability to nail the yorker sure to bring in a good number of points.
Captain: Virat Kohli is the obvious choice for captain, although the likes of Shikhar Dhawan and Marcus Stoinis are also great options to consider. Dhawan is due for a big score after missing out on a few occasions in New Zealand and is sure to have an impact on the match.
Fantasy Suggestion #1: MS Dhoni(WK), Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, D'Arcy Short, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Krunal Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jason Behrendorff and Adam Zampa. Captain: Virat Kohli
Fantasy Suggestion #2: Alex Carey(WK), Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Aaron Finch, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Krunal Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Adam Zampa. Captain: Marcus Stoinis